So in addition to a trip to SE Asia next year my GF and I have decided to factor in a month in India before flying out to Bangkok.
The plan is to fly into Delhi and fly from Kolkata to Bangkok at the end.
I have several locations in mind and would like to know if A) this is doable? B) any improvements or recommendations to be made?
Bandhavgarh National Park
These are the definite stops ( I think) any other ideas?
Does anyone have any recommendations on things to do as well?
Bandhavgarh National Park is somewhat out of your way, so you'll have to do some rethinking of your itinerary if you want to accommodate it.
If you really want to see tiger, you also should visit nearby Kanha National Park. Visit both parks to get the best chance to see tiger. Go several days. Each day is different.
I flew from Mumbai to Raipur, where a driver picked me up for the trip to Kanha. I then went to Bandhavgarh, Orchha, Gwalior, Agra and Delhi. Agra is close to Delhi. I also visited Assam, including Kaziranga (rhinos) and Nameri national parks; and Majuli, with its satras or monasteries and dancing monks, many of whom are amazingly limber. I'd like to visit again. You have to take a ferry to get to the island in the Brahmaputra River.
On another trip, I went from Kolkata to Darjeeling, Sikkim, back to Darjeeling, Bodh Gaya and Varanasi. I've also traveled in southern India, visiting some of its massive temple complexes.
Flights within India are reasonable. I usually fly Jet or IndiGo. For example, I'm flying in August from Srinagar to New Delhi on IndiGo for 5,029 rupees, or about US$75. And that wasn't the lowest fare.
Trains and buses may be cheaper, but they take more time. So if you have to cover great distances, flying is an option you should consider.
Hiring a car and driver also is an option, particularly if you're traveling with others to share the cost. Prices can range from about US$50 to $80 per day for car, driver and fuel. One determinant is the mileage.
India is a fascinating country; and I plan to return again and again. This trip, I'll be Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Jammu-Kashmir for about two months, visiting the Nubra, Spiti and Zanskar valleys, traveling on the world's highest road. At one point, we'll be as high as 18,000 feet, or about 5,500 meters.
Best of luck on your trip to Asia. Happy trails!
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jun-2016, at 14:32 by berner256 ]
Hi ollzilla1 you can also take tour packages from an expert tour operator and you can also bargain them for cheap prices and accommodations. Your destination India is best for tour because here you can explore the lifestyle of Indian people.